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ELISEO SALAZAR (#14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car was great, but we hit the rev limiter on the second lap, big time and it really slowed us down. I thought we had a car for the front row."
BUDDY LAZIER (#91 Tae-Bo/Coors Light/Delta Faucet Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car felt pretty good. We're looking forward to the race. We've been fast here and led a lot of laps, but we've never finished in the top three. Our best finish was last year, fourth. So we're hoping to improve on that."
GREG RAY (#2 Johns Manville/Menards Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "What can I say? We've never missed the setup by any farther before. The car was sticking like glue. We hit the rev limiter on the front straight. It wouldn't pull on the back straight."
AL UNSER JR. (#3 Galles Racing Starz SuperPak G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car was OK in the first session today, and then we were going to make some changes for the second session that we felt would make it a lot better, but with the practice getting canceled it just didn't happen. Eleventh place isn't ideal to start the race, but we are just going to work really hard on our race setup tomorrow and do our best on Saturday night."
SAM HORNISH JR. (#4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We're excited about Saturday. I like to race here. I like the track. I just don't like to qualify here. We're going to change our car a lot. Our problem was we weren't close enough in our setup."
JERET SCHROEDER (#6 Tri Star Motorsports Inc. Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I guess 15th isn't bad considering that was our systems check. We changed an engine before qualifying. I was more worried about my line than anything else. Right before I went out, our gearbox guy said that the speed our fourth gear was turning was what the majority of the field was turning, so I used fourth gear the whole way around and made sure I wasn't going to need fifth. I was just trying to keep it on the shortest line here and try not to scrub any time off. Everything went really quick. I was concentrating on my line more than what the car was doing. The steering wheel is still bumping around in my hands. We have it setup really soft. We just guessed on the ride height and the wing angle."
SCOTT SHARP (#8 Delphi Automotive Systems Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We had a good day. We're pleased, not quite enough practice this morning. But we made a lot of changes - gears, front wing and other pieces of suspension. So in all we're real pleased." (About who is going to win the battle into Turn 1): "I might be a little more bashful this time. I certainly think that we've got a good car. Qualifying doesn't mean as much here, but drafting is what is important. The guys are close enough here, once we get side by side, it really sucks you up there." (About last year's race): "I loved it. It was awesome. It was great and wild. I sat in the car and kept saying, 'I can't believe here.' All the way to the back of the field, guys have a chance to win. So that is what I think is neat. The fans that come out here will see an awesome race."
ROBBY MCGEHEE (#10 Cahill Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "I went out and flat-footed a car I hadn't had a hot lap on. Something was wrong with our steering mechanism in practice, and I didn't get to do one hot lap before qualifying. My qualifying run was my first hot lap here with this car. Considering that I could have been in the wall this morning, that's not bad. The setup was OK. The car was scrubbing on the front. We can work on that tomorrow."
DONNIE BEECHLER (#11 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The car was really nice. A.J. does his magic, and he gets me a couple miles per hour. I'm ecstatic right now. If I can keep the whole weekend going like this, I'll be very happy."
SARAH FISHER (#15 Walker Racing/Kroger Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It was a great qualifying effort with what we've got. The guys did an excellent job of preparing the car with only one practice session. We got the basic balance of the car down in the first session. So with the guessing and all the hypothesis that went into the setup, I think my engineer did a wonderful job."
FELIPE GIAFFONE (#21 Hollywood G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "In practice all we had was four good laps. It's a new track for us, as well. The first attempt was very loose. We took it back and found the problem. On the run, the car was too neutral so I couldn't run the fast line, but we should be OK."
ROBBIE BUHL (#24 Team Purex Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone): "We didn't get much practice time in, so we're slowly getting up to speed, but we've got a good car from last year. We've been here before, and we're going back to that experience. We practiced 30 minutes. We were kind of taking it easy and weren't really into qualifying mood yet. We probably won't change much. We're happy with the power. We've got a good car from last year."
MARK DISMORE (#28 Delphi Automotive Systems/Bryant Heating & Cooling Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "He (Scott Sharp) got the pole at Indy, so he said I could have it (today). We had quite a day. We ran about three hot laps. We got about nine laps in and it started to smoke. So we had to make an engine change. Luckily it rained so we could change the motor, change the gear and change the shocks. We got lucky. Everybody in the garage area was guessing, and we guessed best. We just got lucky. We barely beat Scott, and Eddie (Cheever) was close. It is a two-and-a-half-hour race. I'm not in a big hurry. It doesn't matter (who leads at the start). No one will be dominant. You can go from first to fifth or fifth to first in one lap. It will be a typical Texas race. If it stays green, you can progress a lot in the pits. I'm hoping it stays green and everyone drives their tails off." (About last year's race): "It was fun. I remember running between eight and 10th and thinking, 'Man, I hope these guys chill out.' I think all of our drivers respect each other. I think Atlanta was a fluke. Someone just ran out of fuel. It wasn't stupidity, someone just wasn't paying attention."
BRANDON ERWIN (#30 McCormack Motorsports/Team Calcium G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "It felt really good for me, actually. It was comfortable, and the car reacted well. I am surprised we didn't run any faster. We took some drag out of the car. We thought we would run a little quicker than we did, but, hey, we will take it. We are in the show on Saturday, and we will go racing. I like this track a lot. I am very comfortable racing here."
DIDIER ANDRE (#32 Galles Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "Well, this is my first day driving at Texas Motor Speedway, and I wish we would have gotten more track time because the car feels OK to me, but it just wasn't going to happen with the weather like it was today. Tomorrow's practice sessions are going to be very important for race setup, and we will be working very hard to get the car more dialed in for the race."
JEFF WARD (#35 Heritage Motorsports/Firestone/Menards G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We were off on our gears tonight. They were too high and that hurt us. And the rain threw us off, because we didn't do too many runs in a qualifying setup. But we have a good race car. We would have liked to have been higher, but we'll run with the leaders on race day."
EDDIE CHEEVER JR. (#51 Cheever Indy Racing Infiniti Dallara/Firestone): "The Infiniti engine is doing very well. We're very happy with it. We're continuing from where we left off in Atlanta. I think if we understood the electronics a little better, like the Kelley guys did, we would have been even better, but I'm very happy with our qualifying effort. It was a good run. We spent a lot of time after the Indianapolis 500 taking care of small details, and I think we've taken quite a few pounds of drag out of the car. We're looking for reliability from the Infiniti 35A, and I think we're in good shape. Cheever Indy Racing had a very tough month of May. We needed to regroup quickly, and there's no time like the present."
JAQUES LAZIER (#77 Classmates.com/Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We have ourselves an awesome race car right now. The balance felt very good, and the car was easy to drive. Race day will be a very busy day for the team, and I anticipate a lot of close running. We have all of the bugs worked out on the suspension setup, we're ready for a good show."
AIRTON DARE (#88 1-800-BAR-NONE G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The 1-800-BAR-NONE car pulled strong the whole way through. I really had fun during this qualifying session. The power was definitely there, but I was battling a small loose sensation in the car. I was running full-on, and I can't wait to put this car on track in race conditions. I've always enjoyed these night races, especially at TMS. The team has put together a car capable of placing well within the top 10."
BILLY BOAT (#98 CURB Records Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "The CURB Records/Beck Motorsports car was really good for qualifying, even though we have drastically different weather conditions than we practiced in. We sort of took a shot in the dark on our gear selection and ended up being a bit too tall, but overall I think a lot of people had that same situation. Right now we're just going to focus on our race setup since the key here is to be able to run behind another car and run in traffic. You can win this race from anywhere, so that's what we'll concentrate on and try to have as good a car as possible for race day."
DAVEY HAMILTON (#99 Sam Schmdit Motorsports Racing Special Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone): "We're just terrible. There is no way of getting around it. The car feels real good, but we just don't have any speed. It's a mystery. I just don't know."